Ipswich Superdry store at risk as sales fall due to coronavirus
PUBLISHED: 11:57 18 March 2020 | UPDATED: 11:57 18 March 2020
Superdry’s Ipswich branch is at risk of closure, as the company faces a “fluid and uncertain” situation after governments urged shoppers to abandon the high street to prevent coronavirus spreading.
The fashion outlet – which also has shops in Bury St Edmunds and Colchester – has already closed 78 stores across Europe, meaning sales are down 40%.
Stores in the UK, which account for 50% of sales, and the US, 10%, have seen footfall reduce by a quarter, despite keeping their doors open as usual.
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“Along with everyone else, Superdry is experiencing major disruption to our business operations and recovery as we seek to protect our staff and customers from Covid-19,” said chief executive Julian Dunkerton.
“We are taking mitigating action wherever we can but the situation is very fluid and uncertain, and we are working to put in place additional financing to secure our recovery.”
Superdry will not meet targets to sell between £5million to £6million worth of its products each week this year.
The company said it has £47million of cash on its balance sheets and is in discussion with its banks to “provide additional flexibility and liquidity” should it be needed.
“We...welcome the measures announced by the Chancellor yesterday to support UK businesses,” Mr Dunkerton said.
On Tuesday, chancellor Rishi Sunak promised to unleash a £350billion package to help save UK businesses, slash business rates and hand out grants to pubs and retailers.
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Mr Sunak said that Britain had never faced a similar economic fight in peacetime.
On Wednesday, Mr Dunkerton added: “The safety of our staff and customers remains our number one priority and we continue to take all appropriate action in line with local government advice.
“Together, we’re going to make our way through this unprecedented challenge, and I’m confident we can reset the brand and deliver on our transformation plans.”